MorphOS is a micro- kernel operating system for the PowerPC architecture of the Pegasos computer family, the Efika board from Genesi and for the Apple Mac mini, the Apple eMac and Power Mac.
It is binary compatible with software written for AmigaOS by 68k emulation. This very good performance values are achieved, which can be seen in comparison with conventional emulators like WinUAE.
The history of MorphOS dates back to the year 1995/96, as the main developer Ralph Schmidt (then at phase5 ), the work began on the software solution for powerUP. Partial similarities are still visible today, so that in good conscience MorphOS as the successor to the powerUP software ( ppc.library ) or can be regarded as actually provided full-fledged software solution for powerUP cards. First versions of MorphOS have long been accessible only to selected powerUP developers full version - otherwise known as a time-limited demo version. Meanwhile, the current versions are also available for end users.
The MorphOS project itself was started in 1999. This was followed by some software versions up to the stand v1.4. Since Genesi had not paid the developer of MorphOS since July 2003, allegedly due to lack of resources, there was then some partly public quarrels among developers. According Genesi later some of the affected developers were paid, and the version v1.4.5 was released on 1 May 2005.
In the course of 2006, some updates for the powerUP version.
On 30 June 2008, version 2.0, which is now also runs on the Efika board of Genesi followed. After two major updates followed on August 6, 2009 Version 2.3. On October 12, 2009, Version 2.4 was released, the first with support for the Mac mini G4. With version 2.4, support for the eMac followed. In version 2.6, dated 10 October 2010 for the first time added the support of the Power Mac. On 2 December 2010 version 2.7 was released. Mainly, the version is 2.7, a bug fix release, some new features are also included, such as the experimental support for PowerPC 7448 processors.
The release of version 3.0 was made on 8 June 2012 and was the most important innovation to support the PowerBook models from 5.6 to 5.9. Furthermore, now there is a burning application for CDs and DVDs, a FTP / SFTP client, an updated version of the Odyssey web browser, new reggae classes and based Reggae Audio Player Jukebox in delivery. Since version 3.2, other models of the series PowerBook G4, iBook G4, and Power Mac G5 are now supported.